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Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: Re: Erdedy and the bug
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:02 am 
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Duh... Hello? Please ignore my one-track mind. ~blush~


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 Post subject: Re: Erdedy and the bug
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No fault in that. This is a book that BEGS to be picked apart for details. I know just how you feel. There are more than a couple things I've missed because I was reading it with expectations.


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 Post subject: Re: Erdedy and the bug
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JamieH wrote:
facetioushorse wrote:
Hobbes wrote:
Am I not thinking clearly, or is it impossible for the sun to make an X through different windows? Wouldn't the sun shadows be parallel? There would have to be two sourdes of light to make an X, no?


There are definitely windows on two different walls - pg. 17 "When he started waiting one window was full of yellow light and cast a shadow of light across the floor and he was still sitting waiting as that shadow began to fade and was intersected by a brightening shadow from a different wall's window." Two windows at 90 degrees could make an X, as I'm picturing it in my head... and the sun moving across the sky would cause the amount of light coming in each of them to change over time, shifting from one to the other.


no, that's not right. Even if the windows were on two different walls, the angle of the light coming thought those windows would be the same. If it's one light source, it couldn't intersect. It has to be two light sources. right?


Woah, I wrote that about 4 minutes after getting up and now I think I should refrain from board posting that early in the morning! At the time, it made TOTAL sense as long as the windows were on different walls. Thanks for the clarifications though.


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 Post subject: Re: Erdedy and the bug
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CodyVanDer wrote:
I think it was referring to an infinity sign. I'm not sure how that relates, but it was the first thing I thought of. It is, after all, a sideways eight.

I thought that too. DFW also wrote a book about the concept of infinity. Furthermore, this lends weight to all matters of interpretation and perception. One person sees an 8, another sees infinity sideways, etc. Our take on things is contingent upon what we take to them.


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 Post subject: Re: Erdedy and the bug
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I think it was referring to an infinity sign. I'm not sure how that relates, but it was the first thing I thought of. It is, after all, a sideways eight.


I think it has something to do with spiders and, in a more abstract, context-specific sense, entrapment (see my comment on the "Opening Paragraph and language play" thread for some tentative textual support for that thesis).


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 Post subject: Re: Erdedy and the bug
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JamieH wrote:
no, that's not right. Even if the windows were on two different walls, the angle of the light coming thought those windows would be the same. If it's one light source, it couldn't intersect. It has to be two light sources. right?


I know it's not likely in the context of this section (so I'm playing devil's advocate somewhat), but it could be the sun and a reflection of the sun right? If you're next to a tall glass building, the sun and shadows can do weird things.


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 Post subject: Re: Erdedy and the bug
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I just realized that spiders, which figure prominently of course, can often be in the shape of a figure-eight shaped curve, or infinity symbol. And have 8 legs, so is like an 8 on 8, sort of.


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